Jerry R. Brandenburg

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Jerry R. Brandenburg Jr. age 69 of Crete, Illinois passed away on July 19, 2021.  Loving husband of 45 years to Deborah (nee Erickson).  Beloved brother to Brian Brandenburg, Jeff (Donna) Brandenburg, David (Gina) Brandenburg and Lizanne Ippolito.  Beautiful son to the late Jerry Sr. and late Charlotte (nee McCoskey) Brandenburg.   Beloved godfather to David Johnson, Jennifer Sargeant, and David Wisinski. Dear uncle to many.  Jerry enjoyed fishing, golfing, and travel.  He was known for his sense of humor and kindness to others.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially at church.  He will be sorely missed.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to brain research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at www.brain.northwestern.edu/about/giving.html or Immanuel Lutheran Church food pantry at www.Mightycause.com/story/Jerry

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 7, 11:00AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sauk Trail and Cicero, Richton Park, Illinois, followed by graveside interment and a luncheon.  Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600. 

 

Live stream the service at:  http://www.immanuelrp.com/

 

 

 

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Roberta L. Opilka

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Place of Service: St James Catholic Church 22244 S Torrence Ave, Sauk Village, Illinois (Map-it)

Roberta L. Opilka (nee Graham) age 81 of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on July 18th, 2021.  Beloved wife to the late Henry (2005); loving mother to Anthony J. Opilka, John (Lisa) Opilka, Robert Opilka, Michele Lobo, Thomas (Andrea) Opilka, Mark (Kim) Opilka and Stephen Opilka. Grandmother of 18; great grandmother of 1.  Beautiful sister and aunt to many. Roberta was a dedicated member of St. James Catholic Church.

 Visitation Friday, July 23rd from 3:00P.M. until 9:00P.M. at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Funeral on Saturday visitation from 10:00A.M. until the time of mass at 11:00A.M. at St. James Catholic Church, 22244 S Torrence Avenue, Sauk Village, Illinois.    Info:  (708) 672-7600. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John J. O'Leary

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home (Map-it)

John J. O’Leary, Ph.D. was born February 28, 1950 on the South Side of Chicago and passed away unexpectedly at his Monee home on July 11, 2021.  John was the devoted and cherished husband of Tina (nee Schaefer) for nearly 39 years.  He was the loving father to Sean (Christina Verdos).  John was the proud grandfather to Kaleb and was looking forward to welcoming a new granddaughter in the fall.  He was the beloved brother to Maureen O’Leary and kind uncle to John K. O’Leary.  John leaves behind a beloved aunt, many cousins and dear sisters-in-law.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John J. O’Leary Jr. and Rita M. O’Leary (nee Downey).

For 40 years, John was a Clinical Psychologist in the south suburbs, until his retirement in 2020.

Memorial Mass will be Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 5304 Main Street, Monee, IL.  Arrangements entrusted to Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson Street (at Governors Hwy), Monee, IL 60449.  Info: (708) 534-0016.

 

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Jude A Whipple

Funeral Home: Grant Park Funeral Home (Map-it)

Jude A. Whipple (nee Callahan) age 61 of Grant Park, Illinois passed away on July 14, 2021.  Beloved wife to Ralph; loving daughter to Mary Jean Hosker and the late Lawrence Callahan Jr.  Beautiful sister to Larry (Kyung) Callahan, Jean (Kevin Hearne) Callahan, Jane (Phil) Fabsits, Joseph (Lynn) Callahan, Lorraine Callahan, Jim (Carol) Callahan, Tracy (Bruce) Robertson, late Jim (Dana) Crouch, and Ricky Crouch.  Dear step mom to Kimberly Miller and Amy Beth Burdette.  Donations can be made in Jude’s memory to Autism Speaks at austismspeaks.org or https://shar.es/aWWsQp

Due to the current circumstance and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the states guidelines where masks/ face coverings and distancing are concerned. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation/service on Sunday, July 18th from 1PM until time of service at 5pm at Grant Park Funeral Home 309 Dixie Highway, Grant Park, Illinois, IL. 60940. Info: (815) 466-0677.

 

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James J. Shambo

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Monday, July 5th, 2021, James Joseph Shambo (Jim) loving son, brother, uncle, godfather, and devoted and loyal friend passed away suddenly at the age of 54.

Jim was born on April 27th, 1967 in Chicago Heights, IL, where he lived until his death. He attended Bloom High School and Northern Illinois University. Jim had a love for history, his country, and the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks. He was known for his quick wit, infectious laugh, and kind and compassionate spirit. He had a fruitful career in both the banking and e-commerce industries. He was truly devoted to his family and friends. Always one to lend a helping hand, Jim was there for his friends and family in times of need or simply to enjoy a BBQ or youth sporting event. No one was more proud of their nieces and nephews than Uncle Jim.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank, and Darlene. He is survived by his brothers and sister: Frank (Tina) Shambo, David Shambo, Mary (Doug) Woods, Tom (Allison) Shambo. Uncle Jim will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews: Michael, Grant & Kristen Shambo, Keith Woods, Tom&Abigail Shambo.

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions caused by Covid-19, we ask that you please follow the state’s guidelines of wearing masks/face coverings and social distancing. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, July 11th, from 1:00 P.M. until time of service 6:00 P.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL. 60411. Interment: Private. Info: Call (708)-754-0016.                                                                                             

Memorial donations in memory of James J. Shambo may be made to Autism Speaks.https://www.autismspeaks.org/donate-to-autism-speaks

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David W Creech

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

DAVID CREECH   July 9, 1952 – June 29, 2021

One of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye for the final time to a loved one. Dave Creech passed away peacefully surrounded by family, and as much as we will miss him, his pain is gone.

Survived by wife Karol (Monarch) Creech,  Children, Troy (Carey) Creech, Tracy (Ken) Garcia, Trisha (Uriel Akiva) Creech, sister Angela (Fletcher) Prestridge, brother Tim Smith, Grandchildren Charley, Emma, Josephine, Axelle, Sigrid, Ben, Jacob and nasty Nate, and of course our beloved Izzy.

To the love of my life, my knight in shining armor for 49 years, I will go on with you in my heart and my head. There will not be a day that I will not laugh or cry over something we shared.

To those of you that know him, you know how generous and loving he was, his kindness was above reproach, you never left as a stranger but always left as a friend. His door was always open as well as his big heart. He loved family most, and friends close behind that.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Jude’s, Pancreatic Cancer research, or your favorite local animal shelter (his favorite).

A celebration of his life is July 10th.    Reach out to the family for details.

Arrangement entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.   cretefuneralhome.com

 

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Joanne L. Karwowski

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery 34th Street and Western, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

Joanne L. Karwowski (nee Fregeau) of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on her 65th birthday, July 1, 2021.  Loving wife to Richard; beloved mother to Allison (Jeffrey) Marsee, Daniel (Mayra Ortiz) Karwowski and Natalie Karwowski.  Beautiful grandmother to Brynn and Kaley.  Cherished sister to David (Bea) Fregeau, Paul Fregeau and Laura (Jimmy) Baro.  Fond aunt to many.  Preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Anne (nee Soltis) Fregeau.  Joanne was a co owner of a florist.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Humane Society  www.southsuburbanhumane.org  or Joliet Area Community Hospice – Light Ways Hospice   www.lightways.org  

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions caused by Covid-19, we ask that you please follow the state’s guidelines of wearing masks/face coverings and social distancing. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation Thursday, July 8th from 9AM until time of service at 11:30AM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Steger, Illinois.   Info: (708) 754-0016

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Michael J Tokarz

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Michael J. Tokarz age 76 of Steger, Illinois passed away on June 29, 2021.  Loving brother to Jane Rossi, the late Frances Holiat and the late Josephine Manes.  Beloved uncle to Sheri Brand, Dan Rossi, Cindy Malon, Nancy Bobos, Lori Poppen, the late Kimberly Pharazyn and the late Fred Holiat.  Preceded in death by his parents Michael and Pauline (nee Chochrek) Tokarz.  Michael retired from Glenwood School for Boys and Girls in Glenwood, Illinois. 

 Memorial gathering on Tuesday, July 6th  from 3pm until the time of service at 6pm at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Info:  (708) 754-0016

 

 

 

 

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Andrea Desiderio

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Place of Service: St. Paul Catholic Church 206 E 25th Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Andrea Desiderio. Age 73. Longtime Chicago Heights resident raised in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Immigrated to America in 1997. Mother of Antonio (Cynthia) Lopez, Felix (Jessica) Lopez, Eva (Felix) Sanchez, Fernando (Ana) Lopez, Maria Luisa (Bulmaro) Martinez and the late AlejandroLopez. Grandmother of 17. Great grandmother of 9. Daughter of the late Maria Luisa nee Barbosa and Celestino Desiderio. Sister of Roque (Catalina) Desiderio, Ester (Teodoro) Servin, Jose Desiderio and the late Ventura, Sebastiana, and Francisco (late Concepcion) Desiderio.

Visitation Friday, July2nd  from3pm to 9pm at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Family and friends will meet Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 206 E 25th Street, Chicago Heights for Funeral Mass 9:00 AM .  Interment Assumption Cemetery.   Info: (708) 754-0016.

 

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Rosina Lotspeich

Funeral Home: Steger Funeral Home (Map-it)

Service Date: 07/01/2021
Service Time: 12 Noon
Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois (Map-it)

 

 

Rosina Lotspeich (nee Jonak) age 87 of Steger, Illinois passed away on June 23, 2021. Loving wife of the late Emil (2000); beloved mother of Charlotte Castine and Robert (Melissa) Lotspeich. Beautiful grandmother of Isabelle and Emma. Dear sister of the late Johann (late Rosalie) Jonak, late Maria (late Georg) Sutter, late Elisabeth (late August) Schiefner, late Magdalena (late Anton) Ams, Franziska (late Kurt) Ehrhard tand Regina and Alfred Michl. Fond aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Rosina was born in Yugoslavia and moved to Germany before immigrating to the United States where she met her husband, Emil, in Chicago. As a working mom, Rosina held various jobs to help provide for her family until she retired to take care of her husband who fell ill. She had a very big heart to where she was kind, caring, and always helping family and friends. Rosina had many talents; among them she was an avid baker. She even took classes at the Wilton School where she used her skills to make beautiful panoramic sugar Easter eggs and delicious pastries which she shared with everyone. Rosina especially adored her grandchildren and loved showing photos of them with everyone she met. She will truly be missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Flr. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 

https://www.alz.org 

We ask that you please follow the state’s guidelines where masks/face coverings and distancing are concerned. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation is Thursday July 1st from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the funeral service 12:00 P.M. at Steger Funeral Home 125 E. Steger Road (34th St.) in Steger, IL 60475.  Inurnment Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. Info:708-755-3400.

 

Service Date: 07/01/2021
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